The Architecture of Southern Oaks Plantation

“Old World Charm, Modern Glitz” is how Biz New Orleans described the property of Southern Oaks Plantation.

Built in 1965, and antebellum in style, our grounds are far from antiquated.

Antebellum is a popular style home, and inspired by the Greek Revival architecture. Some key features that characterize an antebellum home are grand columns, large sitting areas in front of the home, a center entrance, and evenly spaced windows. While most homes of this style were built prior to the civil war, some homes, including Southern Oaks Plantation, were built based on the inspiration of these style of homes.

Rarely do you find such a traditional style space with such modern amenities: including custom LED lighting throughout, contemporary decor, and a vibrant spirit that radiates from the twinkling lights to the professional staff. We continue to get asked how we’ve remained successful through the 30+ years we have been in business, and the answer is attention to detail. We want our guests to feel as something from the moment they step foot onto the sprawling grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation. We have made many (MANY!) updates and renovations throughout the years, and we continue to strive for perfection.

Mr. Bob, owner of Southern Oaks Plantation, explains “I once was on a cruise where I noticed a team of men painting the boat from front to back. I was so interested in the work they were doing, I struck up conversation. The mentioned that as soon as they finish painting the entire boat, they begin again.” Because, the level of perfection they hope to achieve is continuous, and that is exactly the motto of our venue!

To read even more about the details and history of Southern Oaks Plantation, be sure to check out this article by Biz New Orleans!

Cheers to 30 more years!

Take a glimpse into the past of Southern Oaks!

Bridal Spotlight: Kiara + Ryan

We are so thrilled to share this Southern wedding! With a romance that started in 7th grade, and the dream of getting married at Southern Oaks Plantation from the moment she spotted the venue in a magazine, its no surprise Kiara and Ryan’s wedding was filled to the rim with stunning details, so full of love!

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The best characteristic of Southern Oak Plantation is that its an all inclusive venue. My husband and I are from Baton Rouge but we love New Orleans and wanted somewhere that offered everything, that way we wouldn’t have to travel back and forth to meet with so many different vendors. Southern Oaks goes above and beyond with everything they offer. A lot of venues advertise that they are all inclusive, but in reality, they aren’t. Southern Oaks literally took care of everything for us! Even the week before the wedding when we came to the meeting, some things that we were going over I had totally forgotten about, but they made sure to let me know not to worry, and they’d take care of it.
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-What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
I selected Southern Oaks in my mind before I had even stepped foot on the property, LOL. I had seen the venue in a NOLA bride magazine and I immediately fell in love! The way the building was lit up at night and the ambiance that just oozed from the page was just simply breath taking. When we came to tour the venue it just sealed the deal. It was everything I imagined and more. Everything looked EXACTLY like the pictures. Nothing was misleading or deceptive. The venue was set up as if the staff was waiting for a wedding party to arrive. It was just amazing.
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-What was your favorite moment of the night?
I have 2 favorite moments of the night. My first moment was when Mr. Bobby came to me a few moments before it was time to head out and walk down the aisle, and he asked me if I had ever ridden in a Rolls Royce, and I said no. He then asked “Well do you want to ride in one tonight?”. I literally lost it! I had never had someone who wasn’t family or a friend ever do something so nice for me before. My friends and family still rant and rave over how special that moment was. No one knew I be making my grand entrance in a vintage Rolls Royce. Everyone keeps saying how it looked like a scene out of a movie. My second favorite moment was the surprise second line the staff had planned for us after the bridal party recessional. It was magical!! The music was great, the beautiful umbrellas they handed me and my husband to dance with, the handkerchiefs they passed out to my bridal party, the confetti that came streaming down out of no where! It was a moment that I will NEVER forget.
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– How did you and your partner meet?
Ryan and I met initially in 7th grade. We went to the same middle school, and had maybe 1 or 2 classes together. We weren’t friends per say, but we knew each other. We went to different high schools and didn’t see or speak to each other after middle school. We ran into each other again in March of 2012 at a night club and 4 years later he proposed to me on Christmas Eve in front of my mom and our son and the rest is history.
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– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
I would tell brides considering Southern Oaks that choosing them as their venue would be the best decision they could ever make! They will take care of everything and leave you with nothing to worry about. The staff is amazing and will cater to you from the time you pull onto the property, until the time they help you in the car to leave. You wont regret booking Southern Oaks! Trust me!
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Royal Enhancements Exclusively at Southern Oaks Plantation

Our all inclusive wedding packages are curated to ensure the ease of planning for each of our couples. Our sparking chandeliers and neutral decor were specifically chosen to coordinate with our brides’ style no matter their color palette or style.The famous Southern Oaks Plantation menu boasts over 80 items so that no matter your guests’ taste, everyone will find something they love! Custom linens, chivari chairs, DJ, gorgeous centerpieces, personal attendants, open bar, lounge spaces, and more.. just a few details that are included with every single wedding! However, we also offer a special variety of enhancements so that you are able to customize your wedding in any way you’d like!

Take a look at our list of royal enhancements, available for your wedding!

Rolls Royce
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Horse Drawn Carriage
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Fireworks Display
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Traditional Brass Band

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Lucky Dog Stand
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Famous Cafe du Monde Beignet Truck, a New Orleans Classic
World Famous Cafe du Monde

Star in your very own Mardi Gras Parade!
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At Southern Oaks, There is Magic Around Every Corner

One of the details we pride ourselves on here at Southern Oaks Plantation, is the upkeep of our beautiful grounds. We want to ensure that whenever you or your guests step foot on our property, you are truly blown away! From the lighting, to the moss covered oak, to the grand facade of the plantation – the backdrops are absolutely endless! We have selected a few of our absolute favorite photoshoot locations, to show you that each wedding and style is unique and can highlight a different aspect of our venue. So take a look, there is magic around every corner!

The famous LOVE sign, captured by Diaz Nola Photography
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The front steps, captured by Michael Caswell Photography
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Under the grand oaks, captured by North Photography
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The stairwell, captured by Monsoleil Weddings
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The fountain, captured by Sonia Savio Photography
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With Magic & Majestic, captured by Vivid Dream Photography
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Down the aisle, captured by Calvin Gavin
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Our stunning pool, captured by Stacy Marks Photography
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Bridal Spotlight: Ashley + Jeremy

Ashley and Jeremy planned a destination wedding from over a thousand miles away! We are so thrilled that they chose Southern Oaks Plantation has the backdrop for the nuptials and reception! This wedding was classic, timeless, and stunning!

– Tell us about your engagement.
Jeremy proposed to Ashley in Kauai,Hawaii on a private sail boat at sunrise!

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The beautiful grounds and the amazing staff. We are from New York City and planning a destination wedding with Southern Oaks was a piece of cake! They were so incredibly helpful and the day couldn’t have gone more perfect which is pretty amazing since we never even had to visit NOLA in between the time it took to find the venue and over a year later on our wedding day!

– How did you and your partner meet?
At a friends birthday party

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
We feel in love with the idea of getting married on the beautiful front lawn and the interior was gorgeous with the open windows.

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
Our first look on the front lawn under the beautiful oaks.

– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Dark Roux and Bella Blooms!

– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?
All of them were amazing and Mr. Bobby was unforgettable.

– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Don’t even think twice about it. It will be the most amazing night of your life.

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Southern Oaks Plantation featured on Style Me Pretty!

Wedding blogs are such a fabulous resource when planning your wedding! They offer great insight and inspiration, which is why we were beyond thrilled when Style Me Pretty featured our beautiful space! This shoot highlights a stunning and intimate ceremony under our grand oaks, and our stars Magic and Majestic! We can’t think of a more perfect setting for a Southern wedding.

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Photography: Monsoleil Weddings
Dress: Wedding Belles
Florals: Poppy + Mint Floral
Design + Styling: Logan Doerries Design
Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty
Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries
Stationer: Lady Adelaide
Groom’s Suit: John’s Tuxedos

Bridal Spotlight: Cody + Allie

“First of all people still talk about how amazing our Southern Oaks Plantation wedding was. It was a true fairy tale wedding!” – Allie

– Tell us about your engagement.
Mine and Cody’s engagement was so well thought out and sweet. My family and I have been going to the beach every summer since I was born. It’s a place we just love so much. Cody, knowing how much I love the beach, decided that my family’s July 4th (2016) trip would be the perfect time to pop the question. The first night we were there my mom thought it would be better for us to get our family beach pictures out of the way so everyone got dressed and headed down for the beach. We ALWAYS do pictures by the ocean, but my mother wanted to do them by the sand dunes this year. Well what is very important to know about me is, it’s very hard to surprise me. After we got done taking pictures, my mom said “ let’s get some pictures of Allie and Cody by the water.” Well then I knew he was about to propose, but I still went along with it anyways. Everyone was acting so weird and giving themselves away. Then Cody faced me and grabbed my hands and just started swinging them back and forth and the only words he could get out were “I love you.” So I busted out laughing and asked, “Are you about to propose?” Then he got down on one knee. Neither one of us remember what was said after that. I just remember seeing the ring and screaming “YES!!!” After we hugged and kissed, we heard cheers coming from the deck of the condo. Cody’s family had been hiding and surprised the both of us. It was so awesome to have both of our families there.
Cody coaches college football at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and has been for two consecutive years. While he was doing that I was still finishing school in Louisiana at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. After our wonderful beach trip I went back home to Louisiana and him to Alabama. We would get to visit each other about once a month. I graduated college in May of 2017, moved to Alabama in June, and got married in July. So this year has been one for the books.

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

The best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation is the customer service. Mr. Bobby and everyone else that was working my wedding treated me so so well! Everyone was so welcoming and loving. The best customer service I’ve ever received was at Disney World, and the customer service I received at Southern Oaks was just like that!! I can’t think of ONE bad thing I could say about Southern Oaks. Everything was perfect!

– How did you and your partner meet?
Cody and I met in Monroe, Louisiana, where I was born and raised. We were both at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Cody was there from Hoover, Alabama, on a football scholarship. The night we met we were at a place in Monroe where they played live music every Saturday. I saw him from across the small little hole in the wall place and I started screaming at him “HEY!!!” haha! I thought he was so so handsome. I told him to come over and talk to me, which he will say I was the one that came over to talk to him, but it was really the other way around. We sat and talked to one another the whole entire night about EVERYTHING! Cody was actually with another date that night, I guess that didn’t work out very well! LOL! I left the concert and didn’t give him my number, so he messaged me on Facebook the next day. We met on August 18 ,2012 and have been inseparable ever since.

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?

In 2015 Cody and I met his sister Jessica in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. At the time Cody was coaching football at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He had just been hired to coach the quarterbacks. We had just gotten him all moved in, and since we were both in the same city now, decided to go down to NOLA for some fun! While we were there, his sister Jessica and I started talking about weddings. She suggested we both do a destination wedding in New Orleans. New Orleans is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the culture of New Orleans so much. I thought it was a great idea, especially since it would be equal travel distance for both of our families. On the way home I researched “ Weddings in New Orleans.” I found Southern Oaks Plantation and fell in love. Now keep in mind, this was in 2015. I wasn’t engaged yet, but knew Cody and I would get married. The day after we got engaged, July 4, 2016, I called Southern Oaks Plantation and booked our wedding date. I hadn’t even been to the venue yet, but I knew that it was the perfect place for Cody and I to get married. I didn’t officially visit the venue until March of 2017, which was only four months before our wedding. With the awesome customer service I received even before my wedding I wasn’t worried about the fact that I hadn’t visited the venue. Even though I probably drove everyone crazy because I would call up there once a week with a series of different questions..LOL.. everyone was always so helpful and polite. I probably asked 1,000 questions and I never got the answer “ I don’t know”. I thought that spoke volumes of Southern Oaks Plantation. For every question i asked, I received a valid and straight answer. That’s why Southern Oaks reminds me of Disney World. Everyone stays right on top of their job, and truly cares about every customer.

– What was your favorite moment of the night?

Goodness, every moment was my favorite. The whole night was nothing short of magical. If I had to narrow it down though, it would have to be the surprise Mr.Bobby gave Cody and I at the end of our ceremony. Before my dad and I got into the car to drive around to the front of the house, Mr. Bobby asked me if I liked pixie dust. I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, but I said “Yes! Who doesn’t?” Well right after the preacher pronounced Cody and I husband and wife, a firework show started, and then Mr. Bobby and Mr. Vincent had the confetti canons and shot confetti all over the bridal party. Like I said earlier, I’m very hard to surprise so having that complete surprise at the end was so so magical!

– Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?

I could go on and on about Southern Oaks Plantation and how awesome everything about this place is. There are some things that really stuck with me through this experience though. The Thursday prior to mine and Cody’s wedding we went to the plantation for our rehearsal. I told Taylor to decorate the venue how they thought it should look for a wedding. They’re the professionals right? Boy, was I blown away on how everything looked! It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! During my reception, Cody and I were treated like royalty. I’m a very “ Do It yourself” kind of person, and the staff at Southern Oaks made sure I didn’t have to do ANYTHING myself. I didn’t have to worry about ONE single thing. EVERYTHING was taken care of. My mother is also very controlling, which is also why I chose this venue. My mom was able to wake up and relax on the day of the wedding. The mother of the bride,I feel always has a little added stress, and she didn’t have to worry about one single thing because Southern Oaks Plantation took care of every single small and large detail. During the whole reception Cody and I always had a full drink. I also loved the private dinner we got right after the ceremony. We were able to soak everything in, and enjoy one another as husband and wife. Another thing that also stood out to me was how well my grandparents were taken care of. My grandparents are 85 and 89 and one of my request was that they get taken care of before anyone else. Southern Oaks treated them so well. They were the first to try anything and everything on the menu, which I loved. The food was also AMAZING!!!! Southern Oaks sent Cody and I a to-go box home of our favorite items on the menu. When we got to our hotel room that night, before we went to bed we were both so pumped about digging into that to-go box!! haha!! Cody could NOT stop talking about SOP’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!

– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
I got my cake from Joe Gambino’s. It was so delicious and very beautiful. My wedding hair and make up was done by the girls at Glam NOLA in Metairie. They did a FABULOUS job! They were also so much fun!! My pictures were done by someone in Monroe Desirae Gooding Trappey, who also did a wonderful job!!!

– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

All the staff members were EXCELLENT!!!! I LOVE Mr.Bobby though! You can just tell he truly lives to work at SOP! He loves making his customers happy! It’s all about the customer with Mr. Bobby! Aside from Mr. Bobby, Taylor was a huge help to us on the days prior to the wedding, and then Lauren and Mariah were so sweet and helpful on my wedding day! They are true professionals. They made me feel like family, and I loved that.

– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?

What I would say to other brides considering SOP as their venue is that they would be crazy if they didn’t get married at SOP! All my friends that were already married said that they wished they would have gotten married there. The ones who aren’t married yet said that SOP will be where they have their wedding. I almost wish I could get married again, so I could do it all over again!!! LOL!! Cody and I have already said that on our 25th anniversary we want to have an anniversary party at SOP! SOP will always hold a special place in our hearts. We couldn’t have picked a more PERFECT venue for our wedding.

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Bridal Spotlight: Marissa + Chad

We are so excited to share the magical memories of another wonderful Southern Oaks Plantation couple. Marissa + Chad were such a pleasure to work with, and we are so thrilled they chose us to host the most special day of their lives. Read more on their sweet love story!

-Tell us about your engagement.

Chad put so much thought and sentiment into his proposal. Chad proposed to me on the land where my dad proposed to my mom. He had our dearest friends and family lined up, each to give me a rose and share their love before I finally met him down by the pond. Behind him, strung between two trees, he had pictures of various memories over the three years we had spent together. He told me the hopes and dreams he had for our future before he finally got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him as his wife!

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

There are so many amazing things to say about Southern Oaks Plantation that it is truly difficult to choose only one! However, because Chad and I had only a three month engagement, it was crucial to choose a venue that already had the details taken care of. Not having to pick out linens, china, or decor made the process of planning so much easier! My mind was at ease the entire engagement because I already knew how the “big picture” would look: absolutely breathtaking!

– How did you and your partner meet?

Chad and I met at Southeastern Louisiana University through Greek life. He was a Delta Tau Delta, and I was a Theta Phi Alpha. We were friends for about a year before we started attending socials and dances as each others’ dates. Because we were so comfortable around each other and knew how to have a good time, it was such an easy transition from good friends to young love!

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?

We had attended a couple of fundraising events at Southern Oaks Plantation while we were dating and were completely awed by its charm. All of the lights, the landscape, the pool, the horses! And the FOOD! Even though the fundraisers were annual, we talked about that food year round! We were sold from the moment we were on the grounds.

– What was your favorite moment of the night?

The entire night was a complete fairy tale! But I must say, I could not be more grateful for the private dinner for Chad and myself to spend a minute alone after the ceremony and before the reception. When you’re rushing through family portraits and hugging necks of old friends, it is easy to forget what the night is all about: you and your new spouse! That was a sweet time to just stop, take a deep breath, and spend a quiet minute with my husband.

– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

Truly, every single staff member went above and beyond during the planning process as well as the on the day of the event. Stacey and Lauren were incredibly responsive to every e-mail and phone call in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Mariah made sure we always had a fresh beverage in our hands during the reception. And of course, Mr. Bobby made us feel like absolute royalty! We did not lift a finger the entire night! Lauren and Mariah even spent time re-pinning my bustle which busted – now THAT is customer service!

Vendors:
Photographer: ofRen Photography – Catherine and Devin Masters: www.lensofren.com
Florist: Donna Wolf: donnawolf@bellsouth.net
Dress Salon: The Bridal Shop – Monroe, La: www.king-of-hearts.com
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Warehouse: www.menswarehouse.com
Bakery: La Louisiane Bakery: lalouisianebakery.com

The Meeting of New Orleans Traditions

With over 30 years in business, it is no secret that Southern Oaks Plantation values tradition, a passion for entrepreneurship that lasts through generations, and a love for the city New Orleans. That is why the partnership with Cafe du Monde is the perfect fit for our venue! Dating back to 1862, this French Quarter staple is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Locals and tourists alike flock to this historical spot for cafe au laits and beignets!

Now, this famous dessert is available to you and your guests right here at Southern Oaks Plantation! Not only will your guests be amazed with grand columns, the swaying oaks, and the twinkling lights, they can take it all in as they enjoy a delicious treat! This enhancement is available to any package, so contact our events team and find out more!

Whether a brass band, Mardi Gras parade, or Cafe du Monde – if New Orleans is known for it – Southern Oaks Plantation can make it happen!

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World Famous Cafe du Monde

Delectable Delights at Southern Oaks Plantation!

“I can’t say enough nice things about this place and the food and owners and staff. It is a magical place to have a wedding. First class all the way.” – Cheryl P.

“I have only had one opportunity to be there, the food was excellent.. had a wonderful time.. highly recommend … it was a few years ago but I have never forgotten the experience…” – Ellen T.

“My mouth is watering thinking of our yummy wedding food! Over 3 years ago now and guest still comment on the unique Cajun options!!!” – Kayli S.

“Best wedding venue on the planet. My wedding was in 2015 and people are still talking about how spectacular our wedding was, the venue was beautiful and the food was to die for!!! Southern Oaks provided the most perfect setting for the wedding of my dreams.” – Kendall G.

Here are just a few notes about the outstanding food and service that Southern Oaks Plantation provides at each and every wedding. First class service is of highest important here at our venue, and we want to create an experience our couples and their guests will remember for a lifetime. That experience begins with an incredible meal, considering here in New Orleans, food is everything. We posses the spirit of New Orleans in each menu item, to showcase the traditional flavors to locals and destination clients alike. We take such pride in our cuisine that our menu boasts over eighty items, because we truly enjoy creating delectable meals for our guests! Let Southern Oaks Plantation treat you and your guests like royalty, including a royal feast!

Images by Sonia Savio Photography